Nicholas Yang concludes Europe visit

June 27, 2018

Secretary for Innovation & Technology Nicholas Yang today visited two pharmaceutical firms in Basel and met Swiss officials in Zurich to conclude his European visit.


Mr Yang's programme in Basel covered visits to Novartis and Roche.


Encouraging more research and development to improve healthcare services and seeking opportunities for collaboration, he updated the pharmaceutical industry on Hong Kong's plan to form two research clusters with $10 billion in dedicated funding for healthcare technologies and artificial intelligence and robotics at the Hong Kong Science Park.


These two areas tie in with Hong Kong's research and development strengths and capabilities, he said.


Mr Yang later called on Zurich Mayor Corine Mauch.


He said he was pleased to see the mayor again after the Smart City Conference was held in Hong Kong as part of the Zurich Meets Hong Kong festival late last year.


With the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government releasing the Smart City Blueprint, Mr Yang said he looks forward to furthering collaboration between Hong Kong and Zurich.


He then paid a courtesy call on Chinese Consul-General Zhao Qinghua and Zurich Government Councillor Carmen Walker Spah.

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